The January 2013 catalog of classes offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, Inc., is now available online at www.cll-fwb.org and at various libraries and community centers throughout the area. CLL is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization associated with Road Scholar (Elderhostel), and has been offering classes in the Fort Walton Beach area for 20 years.
Students may register in person Jan. 11 at the auditorium of the University of West Florida, 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Returning members, those who have attended at least one of the previous two semesters, may register at 9 a.m. New students register at 1 p.m. Registration will continue the following week from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday in the UWF administration building and later at the CLL office in Building 4 Room 461.
This winter CLL will offer 71 course selections. Tuition is $40, which allows students to take as many as four classes. Most classes are held on Fridays at the UWF campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and on Thursdays at Troy University campus on Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Other classes meet at different sites during other days of the week. Most classes meet eight weeks although some double-session classes meet four weeks.
Open to adults of any age, CLL non-credit classes are designed for personal enjoyment with no tests or grades.
Classes include arts and crafts (wax painting, pen & ink, watercolors, rug hooking, beading, knitting, crochet, and card making); fitness (tap dancing I & II, Scottish country dancing, Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold Toning, exercise for flexibility); photography (photo restoration, advanced DSLR, digital photography, video processing); computers (basic laptop, Windows 7, Office 2010, computer basics II; music (how to play the dulcimer or the Native American flute, or organize music files electronically), games and sports (Wizard Cards, Skeet Shooting, Sports Talk, Baseball/Football basics explained to improve viewing pleasure).
In addition to the fitness classes, other classes deal with wellness (integrative medicine, self-awareness and change, conflict resolution, personality preferences, survival and emergencies, light energy therapy, memory and forgetting; financial planning (fundamentals of investing, stocks and bonds, estate planning, financial wellness).
Many courses explore religion (Messianic prophecies, the Bible as literature, Biblical archaeology, and comparative religion; history (American Presidents, U.S. Constitution, the human aspect of the Civil War, Florida history, European history, American West, Native American Indians); current events (global issues, the death penalty, the Middle East, an eclectic view of the world, bank fraud, Great Decisions).
The wide variety of CLL offerings also include cooking; bird watching; color and fashion; astronomy meets psychology, antiques and collectibles, beginning German, basic home repairs, genealogy basic and advanced,and public speaking.
In addition, CLL invites interesting people to speak on timely topics during the lunch hour each Thursday at Troy and each Friday at UWF. These “Special Events” are open to the public at no charge. Individuals may bring their lunches and enjoy. See the catalog for details.
For more information, including the current class catalog, visit www.cll-fwb.org or call 850-863-6548.